Today’s guest poster is C. Stevens from BackpackerBanter.com
My time in South America was full of epically good times, whether it was beach living in Ecuador or exploring the natural wonders of the Galapagos.
Yet Peru was one of my major highlights, it provided so much experience in the month I spent there and left me yearning for more.
I can’t recommend it enough – so here are my top 10 Peruvian musts to tempt you into adding it to your bucket list!
1. Surf Mancora – having just spent three months surf coaching in Ecuador I thought I’d had my fill of epic waves in South America, yet Mancora was amazing. This town houses one of the best left hand point breaks in the world and is a great place to surf all day and party all night! It’s also a great stop over to or from Ecuador. You can also go surfing Off the beaten track in Trujillo, Peru
2. Explore Lake Titicaca – if you can’t make it into Bolivia Peru still provides the opportunity to visiting the floating islands and explore the world’s highest lake and is a great opportunity to get some amazing shots for your oil day album.
3. Wander though the streets of Cusco – I hate cities, I’m a country boy through and through yet I fell in love with Cusco. It has great personality and is steeped in history and culture. I spent over a week there but could have easily extended this. Need somewhere to stay? We’ve got Cusco hostels from €5.34 @ Bright Hostel Cusco
4. Hike the Inca Trail – without a doubt my highlight of Peru. Hiking the infamous inca trail was the most challenging and rewarding adventure I’ve ever been on. I’d even go as far as saying that even if Machu Picchu wasn’t at the end it was worth every moment. For more Inca travel advice, see How to Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or Machu Picchu Alternatives: Five Historic Inca Places in Peru
5. Eat some local delicacies – food is one of the great travel experiences and Peru is no exception. Why not chow down on some alpaca steak or even a whole roasted guinea pig? For those looking to push the boundaries even further there’s even a cat eating festival once a year! See more food tips in Peruvian Food: The Essentials
6. Scull some pisco – it would be rude not to sample the local brew in any country, so get yourself some pisco in Peru! A pisco winders tour is a great way to feel a bit cultural whilst downing shots and there really is a pisco to suit everyone! Find out where the pisco sour fits in in our list of the 50 Best Local Drinks around the World
7. Barter in the markets – Peru has a whole heap of traditional arts and crafts for you to remember your trip on, just remember to barter hard! Alpaca hats and ponchos are a favourite!
8. Hike in Arequipa – I explored a lot outdoors during my time in Peru and actually got quite into my hiking – unfortunately I didn’t have time to fit in the Colca Canyon in my plans but a lot of my travel buddies raved about it….so it’s firmly on my ‘to do’ list still!
9. Hit the dunes – want an adrenaline fix? Then look no further than sand boarding! I can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than tearing through the endless sand dunes on a buggy before sliding down them on a board…especially as the sunsets into the horizon.
10. Learn some Spanish – I picked up a reasonable amount of Spanish during my time in Ecuador where I worked for a few months before Peru, but heading out solo made me try it out heaps more. There’s loads of Spanish school and homestays throughout the country, but for me there was no better way to learn than simply get mixed in amongst the locals.
Have you been to Peru? What would you add to the list?
Images c. C. Stevens